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Mark Anderson is Dean of Fine Arts, Kinesiology & Communication at Foothill College. At Foothill since 1989, he has also served as Director of Jazz Studies, Chairman of the Music Department and Director of the Music Technology Program.

After graduating with a Bachelor's Degree in Education from Southern Oregon University in 1978, he taught instrumental and choral music in the Oregon public schools until 1980, then became the Graduate Teaching Assistant in Jazz Studies at the University of Denver, Lamont School of Music from 1980-1983. After graduate school, he pursued a career as a full time professional musician in Denver until moving to California in 1987 to accept the position of Director of Jazz Studies at Fresno City College from 1987 - 1989.

Mark's recognitions include a California Music Award for engineering and performing on "Adelante", the "World Beat Album of the Year" in 1996, "Innovation of the Year" in 1997 and "Innovator of the Year" at Foothill-DeAnza in 1999.  His compositions and arrangements for jazz ensemble are performed frequently at Universities, Colleges and Jazz Festivals throughout the United States, Japan and Europe.